Cats Run Past Bucs 23-38

Austin ArnoldContributor IDecember 10, 2008

In Week 14 the Panthers running game dominated, With over 300 yards rushing panthers put up a  23-38 win in Charlotte Monday Night Football. DeAngelo Williams put up 186 yards against the Buccaneers defence than anyone else(this is including Detroit's Keven Smith, Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, Kansas City's Jamal Charles, Dallas's Marion Barber,Chicago's Matt Forte,and Atlanta's Micheal Turner.)

Williams wasn't the only one in the back field. Carolina's rookie running back Jonathan Stewart put up 115 rushing yards against this Buccaneer defence. That's also more than they gave up to any other running back.

Tampa Bay offence was nice, Jeff Garcia threw for a total 321 yards and 2 TD's. The problem was that he couldn't spread the field around to anyone else. Garcia main target Antonio Bryant, who lead the league in receiving this week with 200 yards and nine receptions. Bryant also had a spectacular one-handed touchdown catch.

Steve Smith added nine catches for 117 yards and a touchdown, and the Panthers overcame Jake Delhomme's two interceptions behind their dominating ground game, an area Carolina targeted in the off season by drafting Stewart and overhauling its offensive line.

Matt Bryant's extra-point attempt after Antonio Bryant's final score was blocked by Julius Pepers. The Panthers then recovered the onside kick, and Williams scored his 13th touchdown -- breaking Stephen Davis' single-season team record -- to put it away.

Five Facts
» The Panthers' 301 rushing yards were the most in franchise history.

» Steve Smith had his 28th career 100-yard receiving day.

» Tampa Bay's Antonio Bryant had a career-high 200 receiving yards.

» The Bucs have picked off Jake Delhomme five times this season.
*When Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams both rush for 100 or more yards the panthers are 2-0